No-trade clause eases Vinny Lecavalier's mind
Damian Cristodero, Times Staff Writer
Vinny Lecavalier said he heard the rumor, first reported by the Ottawa Sun, that the Rangers tried to start trade talks for him, but he didn’t think much of it.
Tampa Bay general manager Brian Lawton called the rumor “completely false,” but Lecavalier said he hardly paid attention.
It’s nice when you have a clause in your contract that says you can’t be traded without your permission.
So, instead of fretting over rumors, as he did last season, when predictions about his departure to the Canadiens were a constant distraction, Lecavalier, whose no-move clause is in his 11-year, $85 million deal that began this season, can relax.
“It’s a totally different situation than last year,” he said. “Last year was very nerve-wracking. You’re not sure about your future or if you are going somewhere. So, I hear all the stuff, but it’s not something I really think about.”
Lecavalier said he has not been asked to waive his no-move clause. He loves living in Tampa and wants to remain.
Would he block any proposed trade? Neither Lecavalier nor his agent, Kent Hughes, said that; smart, considering the team’s unsettled ownership situation.
“The only thing I can say is given that Vinny has the no-move clause, if Tampa Bay was working on a deal, my expectation is we would hear from them first,” Hughes said, adding that has not happened.
Still, expect rumors to percolate to the March 4 trade deadline. They are a byproduct of a team down in the standings and struggling financially. The logic is Tampa Bay, without Lecavalier’s $10 million salary obligation, would have more flexibility to build around teenage stars Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman.